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A Quick and Easy Dinner

This week seems to be one of those weeks where I am on a cooking spree. And since I am actually pretty busy, the dishes are going to be very quick ones with few ingredients. Perfect for a busy weekday night! Since I had some of the sausages left over from last night, I decided to make a Frittata with some sweet potatoes and sausages. It takes about 15-20 mins of preparation time and then about 40-45 minutes in the oven. So it does not actually need much of your actual time.

The colors in the dish are very eye-catching, green from the cilantro, orange from the sweet potatoes, yellow from the eggs and a rich brown from the sausage. I am amazed by the orange color of the sweet potatoes, back in India the sweet potatoes are not orange, they are a pale yellow. But I love the orange sweet potatoes, they add so much color to any dish.

Since I do not have much time, these posts are going to be to the point, without much ado. This serves 2-3 persons, 2 if this is all you are serving and 3 if there are some sides.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 medium/large sweet potato (diced)
  2. 2 sausages (I used chicken sausages) – diced into the same size as the sweet potato
  3. 1 cup chopped cilantro
  4. 4-5 green onions (chopped)
  5. 3 eggs
  6. 2 tbsp milk / 1 tbsp cream
  7. 1 cup chopped cilantro (coriander)
  8. 1 tsp red chili flakes
  9. 1/2 tsp powdered black pepper (add more or less to taste)
  10. 2 tbsp shredded parmesan cheese
  11. salt to taste
  12. 1 tbsp olive oil

Directions:

  • Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and add the red chili flakes.
  • Pre heat the oven to 350 F.
  • Toss in the diced sausages and green onions and let the sausages brown.
  • Once the sausage has browned add the sweet potato and salt and cook for about 5-10 minutes till the sweet potato start softening.
  • In the meanwhile beat the eggs lightly in a bowl, then add the cilantro and the cream/milk and beat.
  • Once the sweet potatoes start softening add the egg mixture.
  • Sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top and transfer the pan into the oven.
  • Let the Frittata bake in the oven for about 35-45 mins or till the Frittata is cooked through.

Loved the dish, hope you too love it. It’s easy to make and does not require much of your time. Once the dish is in the oven, you are free to do whatever else you need to. Therefore a perfect weekday dinner. Enjoy!

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Muthu, I dedicate this to you!!!

Amit was out-of-town this weekend and I was too bored to cook for just me. But I picked up some broccoli at Safeway yesterday and since he hates broccoli, I decided to finish it before he got back. I am not a big fan of broccoli either, so I had to have it with something I really love. That’s sausages, but again, they are rather unhealthy so I decided to combine the broccoli with some chicken sausages. And then I had to make some  garlic cream sauce to go with the broccoli and sausage. I love garlic…

And I have to dedicate this post to one of my closest friends, Muthu, who is miles away in Zurich now. But when she was here in the US, she used to be the one who used to have all the broccoli when we went out to eat and forgot to tell the waitress not to put broccoli in our dish. She is going to be very proud of me for making broccoli at home. I used to be worried that it would turn all soggy and that I would not like. But as it turns out, not only is broccoli healthy, it is also very quick and easy to make.

This recipe takes about half hour from start to finish. You could serve it with a pasta or bread. I had just this for a light and quick dinner. I would say, that if you are serving this with a pasta or bread, it would serve 2 persons. I had just this for dinner and it was definitely a single serving.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 floret broccoli
  2. 2  chicken sausages (cut into 1/4 inch thick slices)
  3. 6-7 garlic cloves (sliced)
  4. 1 tablespoon sun dried tomato
  5. 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  6. 1/2 tsp oregano
  7. 1/2-1 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  8. 1/4 cup water
  9. 1/4 cup cream
  10. 2 teaspoons olive oil
  11. salt to taste
  12. 1 bowl iced water
  13. shredded parmesan cheese for garnish

Directions:

  • Bring 2-3 cups of water to a boil. Add salt to the water and once the water comes to a boil, add the broccoli florets and let it cook for 1 minute.
  • Immediately after a minute, drain the broccoli out of the water and put it into the bowl of iced water.
  • Heat the olive oil and add the garlic and sun-dried tomato. Saute the garlic and sun-dried tomato till the garlic turns brown.
  • Next add the oregano, red chilli flakes and pepper powder.
  • Mix the ingredients together and add 1/4 cup water.
  • Once the water starts simmering add the cream and mix throughly.
  • Transfer this sauce to a serving bowl and saute the broccoli in the same saucepan for a couple of minutes.
  • Now transfer the broccoli to the serving bowl over the garlic cream sauce.
  • Next saute the sliced chicken sausages in the saucepan till browned on both sides.
  • Now transfer the chicken sausage over the broccoli.
  • Top with some parmesan cheese and serve hot either by itself or with some pasta or bread.

I loved this dish. It has the healthy broccoli and the tasty sausage. The combination is mind blowing and the garlic sauce is very flavorful. And the dish looks very colorful thanks to the bright green of the broccoli.

I am still unpacking so am still trying to locate the batteries for my camera. So sorry about the pictures. I promise, I will have better pictures for my next post.